Sonic CD Review for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
I’m sure by now all true Sonic fans know SEGA has released Sonic CD as a universal app. This app has itself been designed by a fan, Christian Whitehead, and it’s about the best port iOS has seen so far of a SEGA game. If you’ve always loved Sonic the blue hedgehog, this is the game to get.
Just in case some of you out there don’t already know, Sonic CD is a retro platform game on a newly designed engine, emulated right down to the pixelated graphics and classic music. Like in many other platformers, you’ll be running and jumping to collect items (rings, in this case), and to avoid and/or dispatch various enemies.
In Sonic CD, you’ll visit an area called Never Lake and explore Little Planet, a world in which you can visit the past and future. To travel through time, you just need to come across certain time travel lamps, which will be labeled either “past” or “future”. Your ultimate objective is to destroy evil Dr Eggman’s machines and collect the Time Stones that power time travel.
Although this is a game from the nineties, it’s still a lot of fun and challenge, even if you’re a newcomer to Sonic. Apart from the time travel aspect, another thing different from many platformers is you can lose the rings that you’ve collected if you bump into enemies or dangerous obstacles (but at the same time the rings protect you). You can pick some of them up again after they fly away, however. Other items are also available as power-ups, such as speed shoes. Time traveling isn’t just like stepping through a gateway into another area. In Sonic, the future can be either good or bad. If, for instance, you travel to the past and destroy a robot generator, the next trip you take to the future will be a nicer one, with fewer obstacles. Ideally, you will want to attain a “good future” in the first two acts so you can get to the boss fight in a good future.
Sonic CD is a smooth platformer with retina graphics. The only thing I wish for is customizable button control positions for the iPad. Other than this the game is retro awesomeness. Fans can listen to both the US and Japanese sountracks. More significantly, you can enjoy both Sonic’s spin dash and tails (the latter can be unlocked only on second play onwards).
Sonic CD is a must-buy for fans of the blue hedgehog, as well as everyone who loves retro platformers. Right at this moment, the game is available in the App Store for $4.99.
Note: A promotional code was provided by the creator for use in this article.
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